We found 5 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr Prabakar Kumar Rao MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology, Vitreoretinal Diseases, Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
517 S Euclid Avenue
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Prabakar Rao is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology, ocular oncology, and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of expertise consist of uveitis and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Rao is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Center for Advanced Medicine (St. Louis, MO) - South County.

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Clinical interests: Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis

Dr Steven Michael Couch MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO

Dr. Steven Couch's areas of specialization are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Couch's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: xeomin injection, cheek (mid-face) lift, and radiesse. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Couch honors. Dr. Couch is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Dr Susan M Culican MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Susan Culican's medical specialty is pediatric ophthalmology. Her areas of expertise consist of strabismus and cataracts. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Culican is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. She is affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cataracts, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr Gregg T Lueder MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO

Dr. Gregg Lueder works as a pediatric ophthalmologist and ocular oncology specialist in Saint Louis, MO, Town and Country, MO, and Creve Coeur, MO. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Lueder performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He has a special interest in strabismus. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lueder honors. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center.

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Clinical interests: Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr Lawrence Tychsen MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
Average rating 3.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen practices pediatric ophthalmology in Saint Louis, MO, Town and Country, MO, and Creve Coeur, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Tychsen include eye movement disorders and cataracts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children - St. Louis, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Before performing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Tychsen attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Tychsen at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tychsen accepts.

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Clinical interests: Eye Movement Disorders, Cataracts

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What is Pediatric Ophthalmology?

Pediatric ophthalmologists are doctors that care for children’s eyes. Since vision is not fully developed until the age of twelve, problems with children’s eyes and vision are much different than problems with adult eyes. The youngest patients may not be able to communicate about their vision clearly or cooperate with exams like an grown-up would. In addition, if issues are treated effectively in childhood, it can often improve healthy vision as an adult. For all these reasons, pediatric ophthalmologists are important partners when it comes to kids’ eye health.

Pediatric ophthalmology is about more than just prescribing glasses. Some of the issues treated by pediatric ophthalmologists include:
  • Amblyopia, or lazy eye
  • Eye alignment problems, such as strabismus
  • Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Congenital cataracts, when a baby is born with a cloudy lens in the eye
  • Eye injuries
  • Vision problems caused by health issues that affect the whole body, such as juvenile diabetes or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Often, when adults are diagnosed with strabismus (eyes that are crossed or turn in different directions) they will be treated by a pediatric ophthalmologist, even though they are not children. Adult ophthalmologists seldom encounter strabismus, and pediatric ophthalmologists learn the techniques for treating strabismus are during their medical training. Since pediatric ophthalmologists have more experience with strabismus, they are the best choice even for adults.

Some of the treatments used by pediatric ophthalmologists include:
  • Prescription lenses, including glasses and contacts
  • Prescription medications to treat infections or inflammation
  • Other medical treatments, such as eye patches, tear duct massage, or eye exercises
  • Surgical procedures, such as those to repair blocked tear ducts or correct eye alignment
  • Laser treatments for retinopathy

Not being able to see well can make many parts of a child’s life difficult. Pediatric ophthalmologists work to protect your children’s vision now and into the future.
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